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End of an era: President Robert Mugabe on the verge of losing power

Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe is on the verge of losing power. All the 10 Zanu-PF party’s provinces have resolved that Mugabe should step down as President of Zimbabwe and President and First Secretary of the party. Zimbabweans are participating in a massive anti-Mugabe demonstration. While the future remains uncertain, what has galvanised Zimbabweans, and is being celebrated is the imminent fall of a many viewed as a dictator. This is certainly the dawn of a new era.

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Cartoon: Zimbabwe’s coup d’état that never was?

On the 15 of November the military in Zimbabwe took control of the country’s state broadcaster and also blocked off access to government offices, and parliament but denied it was taking over government. Military spokesperson, Major General S.B. Moyo made a televised statement saying the army is targeting “criminals around” President Robert Mugabe, who are “committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in order to bring them to justice”. Following the military takeover South Africa President Jacob Zuma sent special envoys to Zimbabwe to meet with President Mugabe and the Zimbabwean Defence Force but the political crisis is far from being resolved. Pres Mugabe appears to be still at the helm and in a surprising development he appeared in public for the first time since the coup to attend a graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open University in Harare. Mugabe’s future remains uncertain and Zimbabwe is on tenterhooks as the political drama unfolds.